Brixham councillor quits over Tesco ruling
BRIXHAM electors may face another costly by-election after a town councillor quit.
Gordon Boote (pictured below), independent member for St Mary's with Summercombe, resigned in disgust after Brixham Town Council threw out plans for a £20million Tesco store in the port. He said last week's extraordinary council meeting was the straw which broke the camel's back.
He said: "I'm pretty fed up with the council. In six years what improvements to the town have we done? We never achieve anything. We're just an expensive talking shop."
Fellow councillor Chris Lomas tried to persuade him to withdraw his resignation email which he had sent to council chairman Brian Harland and clerk Ki Barnes but to no avail.
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Cllr Boote, who was one of two councillors, with Chris Lomas, to vote in favour of the Tesco supermarket and housing project planned for the central car park site, claimed the 'anti' brigade had 'driven a stake through the heart of Brixham', by rejecting the proposal.
Cllr Lomas said if a by-election is called it could cost the town another £10,000.
Last autumn, the port went through the same election process when Cllr Vic Ellery resigned to take up the role of director of the Brixham Does Care charity.
Rosemary Clarke, from the Brixham Residents Against a Tesco Superstore group, won the by-election. Clerk Mrs Barnes confirmed Cllr Boote's resignation had been received and she has notified the Torbay Council returning officer.
She said: "For a by-election to take place 10 electors need to call it in. If there are two or more candidates then a poll is organised. If there is only one person he or she is elected. If there is no candidate, the returning officer will invite the town council to co-opt someone."
Cllr Harland confirmed Cllr Boote's resignation and said: "I'm sorry he has resigned. I understand his reasons. I thank him for his hard work over the past few years."